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Sowiette - Political Chief of the Utes

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 12
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1980
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 324024
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6ff3qhk

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Title Sowiette - Political Chief of the Utes
Description the danger and offer hie help if an attack came. It was sometime later that Fort Utah was attacked and young Joseph Higbee was killed, but for the time being the warriors who followed Walker contented themselves with fighting elsewhere.16 Another account is given of Sowiette intervening in behalf of the white settlers, this tijue in Manti, as Merlin G. Christensen records! One day at Manti when most of the men were away at work • . • "there were but women and children and a few men at the Port, and Walker . , . spoiling for a row, put on his warpaint . . . and (demanded) the settlers deliver to Mjh the two most influential men in the settlement. The demand was denied . . . Chief Sowiette called a council of the tribe. Walker . . .(told) how (the settlers) were taking their land and Mater from them . . . The great majority seemed ready to massacre the whole settlement. Then old Chief Sowiette again intervened in behalf of the Mormons ... He opposed Walker, already in war paint . . . With eloquence and force Sowiette pictured the cowardice and shame of great chiefs and braves slaughtering "Squaws and papooses." At the climax of his speech the elder leader drew a line and said, 'Those who want to live in friendship with the Mormons, let them follow me." Such a formidable number of staunch warriors crossed the line to his side . . . Walker dared not attempt a raid , . . but went off to sulk for a. few days.1? I have found nothing recorded about the old Peace Chief, Sowiette, after he led the Indian Chiefs in signing the treaty that wouLd move the Ute Indians to the Reservation in the Uintah Basin. The treaty negotiations were begun at the Indian Farm in Spanish Fork on 7 June 1865, when Colonel O.H. Irish, Superintendent of Indian Affairs in the Territory presented an abstract of the treaty. During the discussion which followed, Chief Kanosh rose to speak. He referred to himself as just a "boy," and wondered what Sowiette, now an old man, thought about the treaty. He spoke of his confidence In Brigham Young, and asked what he had to say about the Treaty. He said that Brigham Young had always spoken the truth and had been their friend, and that Colonel Irish had spoken with one tongue, although some Indian Agents had spoken with two tongues. He said further that the Indians "did not want to sell their lands and go awayj they wanted to live around the graves of their fathers."*" Sanpitch spoke next and bitterly opposed the treaty, and after Kim Brigham Young counselled the Indians to sign the treaty and accept the provisions guaranteed in it for their benefit. Chief Tabby counselled the Indians to take time to consider and not to act In -88-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 12
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324002
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6ff3qhk/324002